2022 World Cup final to be played on December 18

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodThe 2022 World Cup in Qatar is to be played in November and December and the final will be held on December 18, FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio said on Thursday.De Gregorio told reporters the decision was made by the executive committee of football’s ruling body FIFA following a recommendation by a task force that was set up specifically to discuss the issue.He added the starting date had yet to be decided but the intention was the tournament would last four weeks.“I can confirm the executive committee today, based on the proposal of the task force…decided that, yes, we are going to play in November and December and, yes, the final is going to be played on December 18,” De Gregorio said at FIFA headquarters.“It’s a Sunday and it’s also the national day of Qatar and, in principle, we try to play in 28 days. Next steps will be to have different talks especially related to the match calendar.”The announcement ended more than four years of indecision.Qatar was awarded the 2022 finals in December 2010 on the basis it would take place in the summer in air-conditioned stadiums.But within days Franz Beckenbauer, an executive committee member at the time, and UEFA president Michel Platini suggested a winter World Cup would be possible.The decision could set FIFA on a collision course with the European clubs who had suggested staging the tournament in May.The European Clubs Association (ECA), which represents more than 200 teams, previously said they would demand compensation for having to alter the domestic season.last_img read more

Corrupt practices do exist

first_imgDear Editor,It is heartening to know that Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, has warned the regional executives against corrupt practices during a meeting to refine the 2017 Work Programmes. But mechanisms should be put in place to stop the corrupt practices already taking place.I have written two letters to the media where I outlined the corrupt practices of the Region 6 Tender Board and the poor budgetary planning which was inherent in the 2017 Region 6 Estimates.In fact the planning of the capital works was mostly done by two individuals who grossly neglected to reflect the priority projects submitted by many of the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) much to the chagrin of the chairpersons and overseers.These NDCs were asked to provide proposals which were then unceremoniously thrown aside.This happened at my NDC as well. I was told by Vice Chairman Dennis Deoroop that he and the region’s engineer went through all the areas and they know exactly which project should be given priority.I specifically raised this at the Budget meeting. I asked why the excavation of two main drainage canals in the Kilcoy/Hampshire NDC were not in the Budget and was told by the regional chairman that the region will use their excavators to do the work.I have been hearing this for the past four months while my NDC has been experiencing flood after flood! What is the use of talking about community empowerment and local government when the NDCs do not have a say in the formulation of the Region’s Budget?I do hope that the Region 6 REO will give an unbiased account to Minister Bulkan as to what actually is taking place at the Tender Board and who actually formulated the 2017 Budget.I know that this REO has said on many occasions on his TV programmes that he is committed to wiping out corruption in Region 6.It is time for him to walk the talk!In conclusion, I must submit that to get rid of corrupt practices, they must be nipped at the bud and as the minister stated there must be a commitment at all levels to achieve the highest standards of accountability and transparency.I must congratulate Minister Bulkan for realising that corrupt practices do exist and for taking such a stance and making such a commitment.Yours Sincerely,Haseef YusufRegional Councillor –Region 6NDC Chairman(Kilcoy/Hampshire)last_img read more

Alarming increase of youths in crime

first_img… traditional approach to crime solving no longer sufficient – RamnarineHaving recognised that most perpetrators of criminal activities are young persons, acting Top Cop David Ramnarine said the Force will continue to work diligently with youths as part of its Social Crime Prevention programme.He made this comment during a press briefing in his Eve Leary Office, where he spoke about the investigation into the grenade attack on Kaieteur News’ Publisher Glenn Lall, highlighting that many of the suspects in the matter are young persons.“If you look that our prison population, the majority of persons are of a tender age, whether they are adults or not they are pretty young and are incarcerated for lengthy periods,” he said.Ramnarine noted that one of the factors that impacts crime in Guyana is the fact that the country has a youth population that is bent on having things instantaneously without wanting to put in the work to acquire those things.“They are not being guided, they are not being supervised, they are not being taught in very strong ways that if you need something you have to work for it and make the sacrifice to earn it. It is evident that many young people want something and want it now and that’s where the challenge lies,” he pointed out.To this end, the acting Police Commissioner pointed out that this issue needs to be dealt with from a prevention standpoint, something which all sections of society need to play a part in.“Forces across the world and here in Guyana it’s no less, the thinking and the belief and the actions all surround the fact that the traditional approach to solving crime – that is, arrest and prosecute – is no longer sufficient because it’s a social problem and it has to be dealt with in a social manner,” he stated.On this note, he outlined that the Police is basically a microcosm of the wider society and therefore, the other support systems within society have their parts to play. In this regard, Ramnarine lauded the efforts of the Divisional Commanders in working with youths and older members of the community.Only last week, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan posited that the country is going through some bad economic times which resulted in increased unemployment, especially among youths. This situation, he noted, has led to high criminality rates.A 2015 study conducted by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) found that Guyana’s unemployment rate was at 40 per cent and based on a quantitative assessment, the cost of excess youth unemployment runs into millions of US dollars for Government.last_img read more

One injured in Chatsworth shooting

first_imgCHATSWORTH – At least one person was injured and a man is in custody following an afternoon shooting in the 10800 block of Variel Avenue, authorities said. Paramedics transported one unidentified person to a local hospital about 3:15 p.m., said d’Lisa Davies, Los Angeles City Fire Department spokeswoman. Firefighters were later called back to the 10700 block of Variel, where they are now waiting for clearance from the Los Angeles Police Department, Davies said. LAPD is “actually securing the area and then they’ll let us know if there’s (another) person down,” Davies said. No other details were available. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal adventurer Jason Black has been given one of the highest awards in scouting in recognition of his achievements in mountaineering.The award, developed between Mountaineering Ireland and Scouting Ireland, is a grade 9 of mountain leader with hill-walking skills with expert status.This is the highest Leadership Award in the Adventure Skills that Scouting Ireland may confer – an expert status.” Jason said “To receive this award from Scouting Ireland presented to me by Raphoe cubs & scouts, has been so humbling.“I joined cubs at the age of seven years and continued into my late teens as a scout. I travelled and went on adventures throughout the length and breath of Ireland, England and Scotland as a young boy.“It set me the greatest foundation in life and played a strong role in the success in life – right to the summit success on the north side of Mt Everest .“So much a role did scouting play in my early life that of all the things I could have brought to the summit, the only thing I brought and wore was my original cub/scout scarf which still means so much to me. “I spoke lately at the northwest founders day to all the cub/ scouts and it was great to see that scouting is still at grass roots level was untouched by technology and purely still about the simple things in life, teaching great life skills to young children that will serve them well in a fruitful direction in life.“After a lifetime in scouts, I’m extremely honored to receive this award which once again signifies that, with the right focus, determination and training, everyone can achieve anything in this life.“There is no mountain too high and there is no problem too BIG to conquer”. ADVENTURER JASON BLACK RECEIVES TOP AWARD FROM SCOUTING IRELAND was last modified: March 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jason BlackScouting Irelandlast_img read more

FA appoints independent legal counsel to review child abuse claims

first_img1 The Football Association has appointed an independent legal counsel, Kate Gallafent QC, to assist its review into historical child abuse allegations.Gallafent will oversee the association’s internal review into claims of sexual abuse made by a growing number of former youth footballers.The FA suggested a fully-fledged inquiry may follow but the initial review would explore “what information the FA was aware of at the relevant times around the issues that have been raised in the press, what clubs were aware of, and what action was or should have been taken.”Gallafent will then provide recommendations “to ensure these situations can never be repeated”.The FA’s move came as Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Players’ Association, revealed the number of players making allegations of abuse is now more than 20.Barry Bennell, the former youth coach and convicted paedophile who has been named by players including Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, David White and Ian Ackley, worked with Crewe, Manchester City, Stoke and several junior clubs in the north-west.The Metropolitan Police, Hampshire Police and Cheshire police have said they are investigating allegations of abuse in the football community.Northumbria Police said it was investigating an allegation by an unnamed former Newcastle player that he was abused in the club’s youth system.The Guardian said an unnamed former Newcastle player had contacted police to make allegations against George Ormond, a coach in the north east who was jailed for six years in 2002 for carrying out numerous assaults across a 24-year period.Newcastle said they would co-operate with authorities ”if or when the club receives further information”. The FA’s move came as Gordon Taylor revealed the number of players making allegations of abuse is now over 20 last_img read more

More Asian students in district

first_imgVALENCIA – As he stared at his morning paper Tuesday, Marc Winger couldn’t help but laugh at the irony. The usual bold-type letters covering the front page were replaced by crisscrossed lines forming script of a foreign language. The Korean Daily accidentally left at Winger’s home was perhaps a convenient twist of fate for the superintendent of the Newhall School District. Winger’s district serves one of the most culturally diverse regions in the Santa Clarita Valley. “Learning how to properly talk to these parents doesn’t mean learning Korean I know I’ll never learn,” Abruzzo said. “It’s making sure we address their needs appropriately, we understand what they are asking of us and we bring them into our school as much as possible.” Oak Hills has hired two Korean bilingual staffers, an administrator and a bilingual assistant, who among other duties work as translators. Recently, students at Oak Hills got a chance to celebrate a Korean thanksgiving while the school staff was served kimchi, kimpop and other traditional Korean foods at a luncheon catered by parents. “It’s rewarding and interesting to learn about Korean culture,” Abruzzo said. Still some parents wish race wasn’t such an issue. “It would be nice if somewhere in the near future we didn’t have to refer to students as white, Korean or Hispanic, and have fair and just education for all of them,” said Dan Trollinger, a parent at the Newhall district’s Valencia Valley School. Newhall plans to staff its district in a way that addresses the new culture. Winger agreed that with a different culture comes a different set of expectations. “Right now we are dealing with (Korean parents’) expectations of us and our expectation of them,” Winger said. “There is a high value on education in the Asian culture.” Winger said that last week all of the district’s principals received a lunchtime class on Korean culture from a Korean elementary principal from the Los Angeles Unified School District. “We have a lot of challenges, but we are a diverse school district and proud of it,” Winger said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Already accustomed to a large Latino population, which has remained at about 30 percent for the last six years, the 10-campus district is seeing growth in its Asian population, predominantly among Koreans. “We are now where we were about 20 years ago with the Hispanic community,” Winger said Tuesday. From 1989 to 2006 the district’s Asian population has doubled, from 4 percent to 8 percent. Schools with the highest percentage of Asian students are Oak Hills Elementary – 27 percent – in Valencia’s Westridge development, and the two Stevenson Ranch campuses – Pico Canyon, 17 percent, and Stevenson Ranch Elementary, 14 percent. Handout materials already are translated into Spanish and the district will consider offering Korean translations, Winger said. Oak Hills Principal Wayne L. Abruzzo said that language barrier is but one challenge created by growing cultural diversity. last_img read more

American Idol rivals go head-to-head again

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. The first track on Studdard’s new CD is “The Return of the Velvet Teddy Bear,” the 27-year-old singer said earlier this week.. Tracks on Aiken’s new disc include Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It for You),” Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.”. “This is an album of love songs, but they are about all different kinds of love. Romantic love, friendship, unconditional love,” Aiken said.. “Since so many of these songs are covers, it’s realistic to say that many of them have been or could be sung a thousand different ways,” the 27-year-old singer said.. “A Thousand Different Ways” follows Aiken’s 2004 release, “Merry Christmas With Love.”. Two former “American Idol” rivals second-season winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken will battle again when their new albums are released next month. Aiken’s third album, “A Thousand Different Ways,” will be in stores Sept. 19. The new CD combines 10 cover versions of well-known songs from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with four new songs, RCA Records announced Thursday.. Studdard’s “The Return” will be released Sept. 26 on J Records. It follows his 2004 gospel album, “I Need an Angel.”. Studdard narrowly beat out Aiken to win the “American Idol” contest in May 2003. Their debut albums Aiken’s “Measure of a Man” and Studdard’s “Soulful” were released later that year, with Aiken’s CD in stores about two months before Studdard’s.. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GOP ad includes confidential data

first_imgBeauprez responded that Ritter was trying to do dodge questions about why he plea-bargained with the defendant mentioned in the ad.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DENVER – Information in an attack ad run by Rep. Bob Beauprez against his Democratic opponent for governor used illegal confidential information from a federal law enforcement database, Colorado authorities said Wednesday. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation launched a criminal investigation into the ad after gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter’s campaign raised the possibility that the databases were illegally accessed because the information could not be verified through public records. Director Robert Cantwell said the information came from the National Crime Information Center, a federal database available only to law enforcement officials. “Because this is a federally controlled and regulated system, CBI has requested the assistance of the FBI to further pursue the investigation,” Cantwell said. “The FBI and CBI will be working jointly to complete the investigation.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Use of the federal criminal database for any purpose other than law enforcement is a crime punishable by fines and up to a year in prison. The TV ad refers to a suspected illegal immigrant who was arrested in Denver in 2001 on suspicion of heroin trafficking. The ad says that when Ritter was the district attorney for Denver, he chose to seek a plea bargain in the case, the man avoided deportation, and he was later arrested in California on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor. The Beauprez campaign has said the information came from an informant and has refused to identify the source. In a radio debate in Denver earlier Wednesday, Ritter demanded that Beauprez disclose how he got the information, saying the Republican has promised to be accountable for his actions. “If you’re going to talk about accountability … but you’re utilizing information that can only be obtained illegally, we need to know what your source is,” Ritter said. last_img read more

The SATURDAY SIX Looks at the New and Improved Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

first_imgFour Horsemen Honorable Mention – Bonus Stuff!Last year my family stayed at another one of our favorite hotels, Coronado Springs. As it so happens, that is the other resort that has a ton of construction going on as they are adding a giant tower to the front of the area. We were pleasantly surprised to find a small pin set in our room featuring the Three Caballeros as a nice make good from Disney for the inconvenience. Checking into Caribbean Beach we found another pin set, this time featuring Goofy, Donald, and Minnie Mouse enjoying the Fuentes del Morro pool! These pin sets are so cool that I would go out of my way to stay at Disney hotels having construction just to get one. They are fantastic!Pin set taken in front of the Fuentes del Morro pool. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to find out it started pouring about a minute after this photo was taken. (photo by Brandon Glover)A while ago a friend of mine sent me a photo of what he found waiting for him during a recent stay at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas. It was a piece of chocolate from The Ganachery in Disney Springs that had the Disney BoardWalk logo on it. I thought that was really neat, and showed Disney giving a little something back to returning guests. This is something that happens a lot more at the hotels at Universal (run by Loews) than at Disney, at least in my experience.Imagine my surprise when there was a knock at our door at around 7PM and a Cast Member delivered a small package. Inside was a note from Caribbean Beach welcoming us back along with this chocolate from The Ganachery. Stuff like this is what I consider to be The Disney Difference, and why my family and I prefer to spend the money to stay onsite when it makes much more financial sense to stay at some “no tell motel” off 192.There were actual two pieces of chocolate in the box. One that was milk chocolate and one that was dark chocolate. Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the recent changes to OLD PORT ROYALE at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort!Old Port Royale. (photo by Brandon Glover)For a while now, pretty much the entire Caribbean Beach Resort was under construction with the building of the Riviera, two stations for the Disney Skyliner, and a massive overhaul to Old Port Royale, the “hub” of the entire resort. The main entrance to Caribbean Beach was even moved from Buena Vista Drive over to Victory Way (the same road you enter Pop Century and Art of Animation from.) While the Riviera and Skyliner are still heading towards their openings in 2019, the “new and improved” Old Port Royale is now open for guests, so the SAT SIX Squad went back to one of our favorite resorts to check it out.# 6 – The Check-In ExperienceIn the past we found Caribbean Beach to be one of the most relaxing and tranquil resorts at Walt Disney World, but the area did have its issues. Thankfully pretty much all of those “problem areas” have been fixed in the last year, including the debut of the Spyglass Grill quick service restaurant back in March. The check-in experience of Caribbean Beach needed a major change, as previously guests first had to stop at the Customs House, which was completely separated from the rest of the resort. The check-in desks are now located at Old Port Royale, and the waiting area has been designed with the guest experience in mind. There are plenty of comfortable chairs and couches, along with a whole bunch of outlets and USB ports to charge your phones and laptops.Walking into Old Port Royale. (photo by Brandon Glover)Some of the seating area in the Old Port Royale lobby.A couch in the lobby with several outlets underneath it. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Couch outlets. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Couch outlet close up. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Like many of the newer check-in areas at both Disney and Universal, instead of one long desk lined with Cast Members, Caribbean Beach has several smaller stations that allow for the CMs to come out and introduce themselves to the guests.Check-in area.Kid’s area directly next to check-in desks. # 3 – Centertown MarketThose who remember the old food court at Old Port Royale are in for a big change with the debut of Centertown Market. In the past, guests would line up at different stations, get whatever they wanted, and then check out at a register (similar to how most other Disney hotel food courts operate.) Now guests order all their food and drinks at the same time, and are given a device which allows the CMs to bring the food to you. There is a ton of indoor and outdoor seating in the area.Centertown Market ordering station. (photo by Brandon Glover)Some of the unique lights at Centertown Market. (photo by Brandon Glover)Centertown Market seating. (photo by Brandon Glover)Centertown Market seating. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Centertown Market seating. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Outdoor seating at Centertown Market.Centertown Market has Coke Freestyle machines for guests with refillable cups.Coke Freestyle. (photo by @bioreconstruct)It’s a small thing, but it was nice to see actual silverware instead of plastic forks and knives.Real silverware at Centertown Marketplace.Condiments.Lemon slices.The menu for Centertown Market was varied and contains several options for vegetarians and vegans outside of just a “house salad.”  Like Satu’li Canteen in Pandora and Universal’s Urban Pantry at Aventura, guests can create their own bowls with a variety of proteins, bases, and sauces. With pasta dishes, pizza, sandwiches, and burgers, you should be able to find something from the picky eaters in your family up to the ones with more adventurous palates.Centertown Market menu. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Like Be Our Guest Restaurant, orders are placed in these carts and brought directly to the your table by the Cast Members.Centertown Market. (photo by Brandon Glover)Our food arrives.Centertown Market. (photo by Brandon Glover)In case you don’t get your own silverware or napkins, the cart is also loaded with them.Centertown Market. (photo by Brandon Glover)This is the “Cheese Steak” Griddled Seitan. A vegan friendly sandwich that included seitan cheese, vegan mayonnaise, peppers, onions, and pickle relish. It comes with yuca and plantain chips. Very tasty.Centertown Market.Many times when we go to Disney restaurants we will get foods that either sound interesting or look visually cool (please refer back to our Special Investigation on Theme Park Photography for the official rules.) So when we saw this picture on the menu screen for the Banana Leaf-wrapped Fish as part of the Create-Your-Own-Bowls option, well of course we had to order it. How often do you see a giant banana leaf in a dish?Picture on Centertown Market menu board.Turns out, you don’t see it very often. In fact we had to pull it out of the dish in was tucked into just to see it at all. For this bowl the base was Brown Rice and Red Beans. Serving size was decent for the cost and there was a good amount of spice but not too overwhelming.“Banana leaf-wrapped” fish. (photo by Brandon Glover)Here is another bowl with Chipolte Seitan as the protein, Brown Rice and and Red Beans as the base, and Chipolte dressing on top.Create-Your-Own Bowl. (photo by @bioreconstruct)When placing your order there is also the option of getting the food to go. For this you’re given a device that will alert you when the food is ready, similar to what you’d receive while waiting for a table at a place like the Olive Garden. You then take the device up to the Take-Out window, which is located directly next to the Grab N Go shop.Centertown Market Take-Out window. (photo by Brandon Glover)To try this out we ordered a piece of the Deep Dish Pizza. The menu says that it is served with a side salad, but the Cast Member asked if we wanted a piece of garlic bread instead. Like that’s even a choice.Centertown Market deep dish pizza. (photo by Brandon Glover.) Gold Medallion (Cruzan Disney Select single barrel rum, Beefeater gin, Bols apricot brandy, and Orgeat (almond), with orange and lime juices topped with soda water.)Barbados Lilly (Tito’s handmade vodka, J.D. Taylor velvet falernum, guava and lemon juice.)There was an interesting option to get a Caribbean Rum Flight, where you can choose 3 types of rum from 6 that were offered. We went with Angostura 1919, Cruzan Disney Select Single Barrel, and Plantation XO. The other choices available were Bacardi Gran Rerserva Diez, Appleton Estate Rare Blend, and Mount Gay XO. For $15 this was not a bad deal at all.Caribbean Rum Flight.For dinner entrees we started with something we’ve never had before, Caribbean Goat Curry.Caribbean Goat Curry.We’ve traveled the Caribbean several times on sailings with the Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean, so we were looking forward to the Jerk Chicken dish as it is one of our go-to’s when on the islands. Chicken was solid, and served on top of a black beans and cilantro rice combo that tasted fantastic.Jerk chicken.The Jerk Butternut Squash was a vegan option and became the only “miss” of the night but it was more because of the kitchen than anything else. The squash was overcooked, while the rice was undercooked and crunchy. It was also served with black beans and collards that were fine. We did return the plate pretty much un-eaten, explaining to the server the issues with each component. They didn’t offer to do anything.Jerk butternut squash.Time for dessert, which began with Joffrey’s Jamaican Blue Mountain Press Pot Coffee.Pressed pot coffee.The menus for both dinner and dessert were on a board that worked using magnets to hold the actual paper in. Not sure I have ever seen that before.Sebastian’s Bistro menu.The Mile Marker Zero was a hit. The menu lists this as “iced key lime pops with sea salt and a tropical fruit sauce.” I guess “iced” means “covered in chocolate” now? These were really good and we loved the presentation.Mile marker zero.The Floating Island was not as successful, with two small scoops of sorbet (guava and guanabana flavors) served on top of fresh fruit and meringue. Apparently I’ve never had meringue before as I always imagined it as a pie filling and would be soft, but this was hard as a rock. My tablemates just said I was an idiot for not knowing what meringue is, which also makes sense.Floating island. # 2 – Banana CabanaBanana Cabana and Sebastian’s Bistro are the new pool bar and table service restaurant for Caribbean Beach. Both are located in a brand new building situated next to the signature Fuentes del Morro pool. The open air seating and general ambiance of Banana Cabana is a great setting to have a drink in and it immediately became one of the best pool bars at Disney. There is a large variety of unique seating in the area, including several hanging couches. The bar also continues with the theme of gorgeous lighting fixtures, to the point where it is worth coming back to the area in the evening just to see everything lit up.Banana Cabana. (photo by Brandon Glover)Banana Cabana. (photo by Brandon Glover)Some of the seating at Banana Cabana (Sebasian’s Bistro is to the left.)“Hanging couch” seating at Banana Cabana. (photo by Brandon Glover)Steel drum lighting fixture at Banana Cabana. (photo by Brandon Glover)Jamaican Old Fashioned (Appleton Estate reserve blend rum, pure cane sugar, and Angostura bitters.)Hoist The Colors (Cruzan mango and guava rums, Bols blue curacao, and Odwalla lemonade with pomegranate juice.) Overall Thoughts: The new additions to Caribbean Beach are wonderful. Overall, Old Port Royal looks great. The check-in experience is much better and more convenient for the guests, Centertown Market blows away the old food court, and the new Banana Cabana/Sebastian’s Bistro combo beats the old Banana Cabana/Shuters combo by a factor of about one million.The next couple things on our list didn’t debut with the opening of the new and improved Old Port Royale, but were all new to us since the last time we stayed at Caribbean Beach.Honorable Mention – Coke Freestyle By The Guest RoomsEach group of buildings at Caribbean Beach now has at least one Coke Freestyle machine for those using the Disney refillable cups. These are located in the areas that are labeled “Ice/Vending” when you are in the actual building. When we stayed in the pirate themed rooms at Caribbean Beach, one of the only negatives was that we were so far away from everything, even the minor stuff like soda refills for our cups. With the new Spyglass Grill (which also offers Coke Freestyle machines) along with each grouping of buildings having a refill option, recommending Caribbean Beach to families became much easier (especially for the person who has to take everyone’s cups to fill up with soda!)Coke Freestyle machine in the Jamaica group of buildings.Never noticed this before, but the Coke Freestyle machines at Caribbean Beach all have a “wheelchair” button. This button allows anyone with a disability to use the machine by using the left and right arrows located next to button. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Map of Freestyle locations located next to the machine.This is the normal soda machine and ice maker you find in the rooms labeled “ice/vending” at the resort.Caribbean Beach. Triple Threat Honorable Mention – Using Your Phone To Unlock The DoorI’m normally not an “online check-in” type guy, as I tend to like to deal with people, especially front line Disney Cast Members at the resorts. However for this trip I decided to not only use online check-in, but to try out the new My Disney Experience feature that allows you to unlock your room door in the app.On the drive up to Walt Disney World we used the online check-in feature. We were sent a text at 2:30PM alerted us that our room was ready. Now that we knew what room we had, it was time to pull the app out and see if this stuff actually worked.My Disney Experience.Agreeing that I would like to use my phone to unlock the door.Holding the phone against the lock of the door.What? IT ACTUALLY WORKED?!This actually worked out much better than I thought it would. It has taken seemingly a decade and who knows how many Billions of dollars, but the MagicBand I was already wearing opened up the door along with my phone. There’s probably still two MagicBands with my name on them at the guest check-in at Caribbean Beach as we never went to pick them up (sorry Disney!) # 1 – Sebastian’s BistroSebastian’s Bistro is the brand new table service restaurant at Caribbean Beach. The resort’s former restaurant, Shutters, was never on anyone’s Must Do list. The new restaurant is actually smaller than I would have imagined it would be, with a max capacity of just 134 guests. It may become hard to secure an ADR during busier times, especially if they keep up the food quality, but the good news is that Banana Cabana offers the Sebastian’s menu for both lunch and dinner.Sebastian’s Bistro. (photo by Brandon Glover)Sebastian’s Bistro menu posted outside. (photo by Brandon Glover)Sebastians’s will send you a text when your table is ready, which is a good thing because there is almost no waiting room inside the actual restaurant.There are basically two small rooms that make up the venue, with a variety of tables and booths for guests.Sebastian’s Bistro seating. (photo by Brandon Glover)Sebastian the crab. (photo by Brandon Glover)Sebastian’s Bistro table. (photo by Brandon Glover)You are definitely not hit over the head with Little Mermaid or Sebastian the crab theming once inside the restaurant. In fact, there are minimal references to Sebastian, and overall has a nice clean look with more of a “coastal” feeling than anything related to Mermaid.Sebastian’s Bistro seating. (photo by @Blog_Mickey)Sebastian’s Bistro.Generally we try to avoid eating at many Disney restaurants during the first couple weeks because we like to let them “work the bugs out,” so to speak, but we were pleasantly surprised by the level of service and food quality throughout the meal. To start off the Caribbean Pull-Apart Rolls just may be the best bread plate at Disney outside of the iconic bread service at Sanaa. The rolls themselves taste incredible, but the plate comes with three sauces (mango chutney, guava butter, and Jamaican jerk oil) that are out of this world. An instant hit.Caribbean pull-apart rolls. (photo by Brandon Glover)The Seasonal Tropical Fruit appetizer wasn’t all that impressive, with a few slices of pineapple and mango. This was $9 if you can believe that.Seasonal tropical fruit.Surprising to see Crab Cake served in a restaurant which in story is operated by a crab. Served with a watercress salad, the crab cake was good but the winner here was the herb mayonnaise it comes with. The mayonnaise was like a spicy Big Mac sauce and was an amazing compliment to the crab cake.“Under the seaUnder the seaNobody beat usFry us and eat usIn fricassee…” – Sebastian the crabThe Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings were a much bigger success. Six bone-in wings with a nice glaze that isn’t overly spicy.  The wings were served with a cilantro-lime crema that was also really good.Caribbean jerk chicken wings.Sebastian’s House Salad contained mixed greens with black beans, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and topped with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette.  One of the better house salads we have had dining at Disney.Sebastian’s House Salad. # 5 – Calypso Trading PostThe video game arcade that was previously in Old Port Royale is now completely gone, and the Calypso Trading Post gift shop has been moved to another location in the building. When you are walking into Old Port Royale, the check-in area would be on your left, while the gift shop would be the first thing on your right. There was a good selection of Caribbean Beach-themed items, although not many of them seemed all that unique. I do like the new logo of Caribbean Beach – featuring Mickey Mouse in a hammock outside the Fuentes del Morro pool – much more than the old logo.Calypso Trading Post. (photo by Brandon Glover)Caribbean Beach-themed items.The new style Caribbean Beach Resort mugs along with a Disney coconut you can actually mail to friends and family back home (there’s an address label on the other side.)Various Caribbean Resort-themed items. (photo by Brandon Glover)Sharp looking Caribbean Beach Resort keychain. (photo by Brandon Glover)The old and new style Caribbean Beach Resort logo pins.Many Disney hotel gift shops offer art prints featuring locations found at the resort. This print contains art featuring the back side of Old Port Royale (previously it was Shutters restaurant.)The rest of the store features a large variety of Disney merchandise, including t-shirts, hats, and plush. I’m a huge fan of these notebooks that are made to look like VHS tapes, but I’m secretly betting on them making the Outlet Stores because I just don’t think there’s a huge market for notebooks in 2018.)Little Mermaid notebook as seen in the Calypso Trading Post. (photo by Brandon Glover)You have no idea how hard it was not to buy this. As the kids would say, this was hitting me “right in the feels.” (photo by Brandon Glover)Keychains, photo frames, magnets… it’s all here. (photo by @bioreconstruct)There was a surprisingly  large amount of snacks and cold beverages available, including 2 liter bottles of Coke, beer, and bottles of wine.Snack options at Calypso Trading Post. (photo by @bioreconstruct) So there you have it: A Look at Disney’s CARIBBEAN BAY BEACH RESORT! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following: 6 Reasons We Love MICKEY’S NO SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY6 Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exists (But Totally Should)6 Examples of the “DISNEY DIFFERENCE”Special Thanks to our spirit animal Brandon Glover, theme park blogging’s rookie of the year Blog Mickey, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Mr. ‘Ohana Tim Grassey, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick,  and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2018 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. (photo by Brandon Glover) # 4 – Grab N GoDirectly next to the gift shop was a small Grab N Go area. Here there was a similar selection of cold beverages, along with a mix of prepackaged snacks, fruit, ice cream, and some “hot” items like pizza.Grab N Go. (photo by Brandon Glover)Grab N Go. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Cases with fruit, pastries, and ice cream among other items.Disney food court pizza isn’t known for being the best even when made fresh, but when you are buying some sitting around in a box it should have a giant CAVEAT EMPTOR sticker on it. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Disney snack. (photo by @bireconstruct)Alcohol, energy drinks, soda, water, and other beverages. (photo by @bioreconstruct)last_img read more